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Hedgehogs

With roughly 15 different species, hedgehogs are found in Europe, Asia, and Africa. These tea-cup sized carnivores eat insects, worms, mice, and the occasional snake.

A coat of stiff spines helps deter predators, but hedgehogs roll up into a spiky ball when threatened. Find out how they got their name and why some people consider them useful pets.

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Hedgehog Behavior

Hedgehog Behavior

From daytime burrowing to snuffling sounds while exploring to the curious frothing of "self-anointing," explore the most-common hedgehog behaviors. More...

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Northern Plains Hedgehogs
Hedgehog Facts and Pictures

Hedgehog Facts and Pictures

Beyond fending off predators, prickly spines act as a sort of rubber suit for these pint-sized mammals. Get other cool facts and watch (and hear) them in action. More...

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National Geographic
Desert Hedgehog

Desert Hedgehog

Found in Northern Africa, the desert hedgehog is a bit of a night owl. Find out more about this solitary species that feeds on invertebrates. More...

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ARKive
Hedgehog Expert Q&A

Hedgehog Expert Q&A

Can you take hedgehogs along on a boating vacation? Or litter train them? And what should you use to trim a hedgehog's nails? Jill Warnick answers these questions and more. More...

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SmallAnimalChannel.com
Hedgehog Launch

Hedgehog Launch

The citizens of Minovia Cay are setting up a space program...with a mere $50 budget. They need your help to send a hedgehog into orbit. Are you game? More...

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Armor Games
Hedgehog Loses Spikes

Hedgehog Loses Spikes

What could cause a hedgehog to lose its quills? Watch as caretakers try to diagnose Spud and nurse him back to health in this "Weird, True, & Freaky" tale.

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Animal Planet
Hedgehogs Great and Small: In Pictures

Hedgehogs Great and Small: In Pictures

Browse this gallery filled with surprising facts. For example, did you know that hedgehogs have been know to scale walls? More...

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The Guardian
Quiz: Hedgehogs

Quiz: Hedgehogs

Think you know everything about hedgehogs? OK, what's their hibernation nest called? Quiz yourself with these 5 questions. More...

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BBC
Salmonella Undermines Hedgehogs’ Cuteness Overload

Salmonella Undermines Hedgehogs’ Cuteness Overload

So cute they're sickening? No but some adorable hedgehogs can actually make you ill! Get the details and protect yourself. More...

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NPR

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